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In this Workshop, I will introduce you to Sinulog, a cultural annual event held in Cebu City in the Philippines.  Sinulog is celebrated on the third Sunday of January, to honor the Santo Niño (Child Jesus).  The festival is a dance ritual which tells the story of the Filipino people’s pagan past and their acceptance of Christianity.  The word Sinulog means graceful dance, as it all started in 1980 with a simple dance that represents the “sulog” (or current) of a river in Cebu.

The Sinulog festival is celebrated on the streets with a grand parade, dance performances, and people chanting "Pit Senyor!", which is the short form of “Sangpit sa Señor,” a phrase in Cebuano that means, “to call, ask, and plead to the king.” 

The Sinulog festival is one of the most famous festivals in the Philippines, and is attended not only by Filipinos, but by people coming from different parts of the globe.  The magnificence of the festival made Filipinos, as well as our fellow Asians, refer to it as the “Mother of all Festivals.”  From the colorful and well-made costumes of the dancers, to the beautiful dances and to the music brought by the drums, trumpets, and the native gongs, the Sinulog festival never ceases to amaze its audience.

Sinulog has a tradition of specially crafted shirts, and by wearing this fun festival shirt during Sinulog, you would show your solidarity to this event.  Wearing these vibrant and fun shirt designs are an appropriate way to get into the festive mood being celebrated on the streets of Cebu.

I will teach you how to turn a basic T-shirt into something fashionable and festive.  You will learn about some cutting styles, simple knots, and dyeing techniques in this Workshop that you can later use to come up with interesting designs on your own.

I am excited to introduce you to Sinulog and make a festival shirt together!

What You'll Need

GLOkit What's a GLOkit?


Philippine Sinulog Shirt GLOkit

This GLOkit contains powdered dye, a pack of colorful beads, and rubberbands.

GLOkit Included

Additional Supplies

Each Learner will also need:

  • A white shirt in their size.  This is a great chance to up-cycle an older shirt and turn it into something festive and new!
  • Sharp Scissors
  • Small Basin
  • 500 mL warm water

Technical Requirements

You will need a device (computer or tablet) that is equipped with a camera, microphone, and speakers. For more information, please check out our Technical Requirements page.

Meet the Instructor

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My name is Ia Coca, or simply call me "Aya."  I was born and raised in Cebu, Philippines. I am a medical technologist who shifted to be a full time fashion designer.  I am glad that I am able to earn a living by doing what I love and helping people feel their best through fashion and my knowledge in crafts.

Coming from a big family, I always received hand-me-downs and that sparked the creativity and resourcefulness in me.  I started upcycling old shirts by gluing rhinestones and painting on them.  I also enjoyed coming up with decorative ideas made from cardboard and putting my projects on display in every corner of our home.  I remember watching the show "Art Attack" on TV, and that inspired most of my childhood projects.

The Philippines is known for celebrating the longest Christmas season in the world.  We love decorating our homes with a star-shaped lantern called a Parol.  It signifies hope and goodwill. It is traditionally made out of bamboo sticks and colored papers.  Then around January, we Cebuanos celebrate the Sinulog festival—the biggest festival in the province.  The streets are decorated in colorful streamers and we wear colorful shirts during the event.  I am excited to share both of these traditions in my Workshops.

These crafts are very close to my heart because I grew up making them, and they taught me that we can make the most out of something. And I want to share that idea with everyone.

One of my favorite things about being in fashion is working with fabrics because I can wear them afterward!  I have worked with our locally made fabrics too that are hand-woven.

The Philippines is an amazing place to live.  My country is made up of more than 7,000 islands surrounded by beautiful beaches. And every island has an interesting story to tell! We are gentle and hospitable people and we like to welcome other people to know our culture.


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Philippine Sinulog Shirt